Mary Vaughan Jones

Welsh children's writer

1918   -   1983

occupation: writer

Mary Vaughan Jones (28 May 1918–April/May/June 1983) was a celebrated Welsh children's author and schoolteacher. She was born at 'Firs Cottage', Maenan near Llanrwst in 1918, and died in the Rhuddlan area, Clwyd in 1983.Jones authored approximately 20 books, contributing regularly to children's literature in Wales, and the magazines of the Urdd. Many of her books have been re-published by Gymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion. Many new books are based on her characters, for example: Sali Mali a'r Ceffyl Gwyllt, Dylan Williams, 2006. Various children's television programmes and merchandise connected to her characters have also been produced by S4C. The original illustrations in her books were the work of Rowena Wyn Jones and later, Jac Jones. During her career as a teacher she worked at: Ysgol Gynradd Cwm Penanner (1940–1943) Ysgol Lluest Aberystwyth (1943–1949) Ysgol Baratoad Aber-mad (1949–1953) Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth (1953–1958) Lecturer at Coleg Normal, Bangor (1958–1972)An award was established to commemorate her literary contribution.
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